York & North Yorkshire

Creditors of closed Harrogate Christmas attraction 'unlikely' to get refunds

Magical Winterland, Harrogate
Image caption The attraction closed temporarily a day after opening, reopened for one day, then closed for good

People who lost money when a Christmas attraction in Harrogate closed early have been told they are unlikely to get any refunds.

Magical Winterland based at the Yorkshire Event Centre went into liquidation in December following complaints from visitors.

Kate Breese from administrators Walsh Taylor said the company behind the attraction had few assets left.

Creditors were told the news at a meeting in Harrogate.

The Christmas-themed attraction was held in buildings at the Great Yorkshire Showground and included fairground rides, fake snow and reindeers - but it was criticised by visitors as a "waste of money".

The funpark closed temporarily one day after opening, then reopened for a day before closing for good.

More than 500 people commented on Facebook on the attraction on its opening day, mostly complaining about the poor quality of the event.

Image caption Visitors complained of poor quality displays

A family ticket for four to the attraction cost £18, but activities including puppet shows, fairground rides and a circus were not included in the admission.

Ms Breese said there was "a very large number of creditors".

"Made up of the customers that went, or didn't go and wanted a refund, in addition to the trade creditors and the stallholders," she said.

"So there is a large amount of creditors in number and not a lot of assets unfortunately for us to realise at this time."

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